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Abbadia San Salvatore

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Abbadia San Salvatore is located on the eastern slopes of the Amiata Mount; it is a very picturesque Medieval town and its name derives from the Abbey of San Salvatore, built in 743 by the Longobard king Rachis.
The Benedictines had numerous land possessions and for this they conflicted with the Aldobrandeschi's family of Santa Fiora that wanted to take the control of the abbey away from the monks. Since 1212 the ihnabitants of Abbadia San Salvatore got their autonomy. This lasted up to Montaperti Battle occurred on 1260, when Siena consolidated its power on the village.
Soon after it entered the domains of Florence, under the Medici's domination.
Among the most important monuments to see in Abbadia San Salvatore we point out here the Abbazia di San Salvatore (the Abbey of San Salvatore), the Chiesa di Santa Croce (Saint Crux Church), the Palazzo Comunale (Municipal Palace) and the Parco Museo Minerario del Monte Amiata (Mineral Park and Museum of the Amiata Mount).

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